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File #: 15-6469    Version: Name: FIREARM AND FIREARM AMMUNITION TAX FIREARM AND FIREARM AMMUNITION TAX
Type: Ordinance Amendment Status: Approved
File created: 11/5/2015 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 11/9/2015 Final action: 11/18/2015
Title: AMENDMENT TO FILE ID 15-6469 PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT FIREARM AND FIREARM AMMUNITION TAX NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 74 - Taxation, Article XX. Firearm Tax, Section 74-665 through 74-676 be amended as follows: ARTICLE XX. - FIREARM AND FIREARM AMMUNITION TAX Sec. 74-665. - Short title. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Cook County Firearm and Firearm Ammunition Tax Ordinance." Sec. 74-666. - Definitions. The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this Article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: Firearm shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act, 430 ILCS 65/1.1, or any successor statute. Firearm ammunition shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, 430 ILCS 65/1.1, or any success...
Sponsors: RICHARD R. BOYKIN, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)

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AMENDMENT TO FILE ID 15-6469

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDMENT

 

FIREARM AND FIREARM AMMUNITION TAX

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, by the Cook County Board of Commissioners that Chapter 74 - Taxation, Article XX. Firearm Tax, Section 74-665 through 74-676 be amended as follows:

ARTICLE XX. - FIREARM AND FIREARM AMMUNITION TAX

Sec. 74-665. - Short title.

 

This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Cook County Firearm and Firearm Ammunition Tax Ordinance."

 

Sec. 74-666. - Definitions.

 

The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this Article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

 

Firearm shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act, 430 ILCS 65/1.1, or any successor statute.

 

Firearm ammunition shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Card Act, 430 ILCS 65/1.1, or any successor statute.

 

Centerfire ammunition means firearm ammunition that is characterized by a primer in the center of the base of the cartridge, commonly used in rifles, pistols and revolvers.

 

Department means the Department of Revenue in the Bureau of Finance of Cook County.

 

Director means the Director of the Department of Revenue.

 

Person means any means any individual, corporation, limited liability corporation, organization, government, governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association and any other legal entity.

 

Purchaser means any person who purchases a firearm or firearm ammunition in a retail purchase in the county.

 

Retail dealer means any person who engages in the business of selling firearms or firearm ammunition on a retail level in the county or to a person in the county.

 

Retail purchase means any transaction in which a person in the county acquires ownership by tendering consideration on a retail level.

 

Rimfire ammunition means firearm ammunition that is characterized by a primer that completely encircles the rim of the cartridge, including, but not limited to .22 caliber ammunition.

 

Sheriff means the Sheriff's Office of Cook County, Illinois.

 

Sec. 74-667. - Registration.

 

Any retail dealer as defined in this article shall register with the Department in the form and manner as prescribed by the Department. Policies, rules and procedures for the registration process and forms shall be prescribed by the Department.

 

Sec. 74-668. - Tax imposed, rates.

 

(a)                     Firearm Tax Rate. A tax is hereby imposed on the retail purchase of a firearm as defined in this Article in the amount of $25.00 for each firearm purchased.

 

(b)                     Firearm Ammunition Tax Rate.  Effective June 1, 2016 a tax is hereby imposed on the retail purchase of firearm ammunition as defined in this article at the following rates:

 

(1)                     Centerfire ammunition shall be taxed at a rate of $0.05 per cartridge.

 

(2)                     Rimfire ammunition shall be taxed at a rate of $0.01 per cartridge.

 

(c)                     Tax Included in Sales Price. It shall be deemed a violation of this Article for a retail dealer to fail to include the tax imposed in this Article in the sale price of firearms and/or firearm ammunition to otherwise absorb such tax. The tax levied in this article shall be imposed is in addition to all other taxes imposed by the County of Cook, the State of Illinois, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision of any of the foregoing.

 

Sec. 74-669. - Tax-exempt purchases and refunds.

 

(a)                     Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, in accordance with rules that shall be promulgated by the department in regards to tax exempt purchases, retail dealers shall not collect the firearm and/or firearm ammunition tax when the firearm and/or firearm ammunition is being sold to the following:

 

(1)                     An office, division, or agency of the United States, the State of Illinois, or any municipal corporation or political subdivision, including the Armed Forces of the United States or National Guard.

 

(2)                     A bona fide veterans organization which receive firearms and/or firearm ammunition directly from the Armed Forces of the United States and uses said firearms and/or firearm ammunition strictly and solely for ceremonial purposes with blank ammunition.

 

(3)                     Any active sworn law enforcement officer purchasing a firearm and/or firearm ammunition for official or training related purposes presenting an official law enforcement identification card at the time of purchase.

 

(b)                     In accordance with rules to be promulgated by the department, an active member of the Armed Forces of the United States, National Guard or deputized law enforcement officer may apply for a refund from the department for the tax paid on a firearm and/or firearm ammunition that was purchased for official use or training related purposes.

 

(c)                     Notwithstanding any other provision in this Article, in accordance with rules that shall be promulgated by the department in regards to tax exempt purchase, retail dealers shall not collect firearm ammunition tax on blank ammunition.

 

Sec. 74-670. - Collection and remittance.

 

(a)                     Tax Collection. Any retail dealer shall collect the taxes imposed by this Article from any purchaser to whom the sale of said firearms and/or firearm ammunition is made within the County of Cook and shall remit to the Department the tax levied by this Article.

 

(b)                     Tax Remittance. It shall be the duty of every retail dealer to remit the tax due on the sales of firearms and/or firearm ammunition purchased in Cook County, on forms prescribed by the Department, on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the firearm and/or firearm ammunition sale occurred on a form and in the manner required by the department.

 

(c)                     If for any reason a retailer dealer fails to collect the tax imposed by this article from the purchaser, the purchaser shall file a return and pay the tax directly to the department, on or before the date required by Subsection (b) of this Section.

 

Sec. 74-671. - Violations and penalties.

 

(a)                     It shall be a violation of this Article for any retail dealer to sell firearms and/or firearm ammunition without collecting and remitting the tax imposed in this Article.

 

b)                     It shall be a violation of this Article for any retail dealer fail to keep books and records as required in this Article.

 

(c)                     It shall be a violation of this Article for any purchaser to fail to remit the tax imposed in this Article when not collected by the retail dealer.

 

(d)                     Any person determined to have violated this Article, shall be subject to a fine in the amount of $1,000.00 for the first offense, and a fine of $2,000.00 for the second and each subsequent offense. Separate and distinct offense shall be regarded as committed each day upon which said person shall continue any such violation, or permit any such violation to exist after notification thereof. It shall be deemed a violation of this Article for any person to knowingly furnish false or inaccurate information to the Department.

 

Sec. 74-672. - Required books and records.

 

Every person who is subject to this tax shall keep and maintain accurate and complete documents, books, and records of each transaction or activity subject to or exempted by this ordinance, from start to complete, including all original source documents. All such books and records shall be kept as provided in Chapter 34, Article III, of the Uniform Penalties, Interest, and Procedures Ordinance, and shall, at all reasonable times during normal business hours, be open to inspection, audit, or copying by the department and its agents.

 

Sec. 74-673. - Inspection; audits.

 

Books and records kept in compliance with this Article shall be made available to the Department upon request for inspection, audit and/or copying during regular business hours. Representatives of the Department shall be permitted to inspect or audit firearm and/or firearm ammunition inventory in or upon any premises. It shall be unlawful for any person to prevent, or hinder a duly authorized Department representative from performing the enforcement duties provided in this Article.

 

Sec. 74-674. - Application of uniform penalties, interest, and procedures ordinance.

 

Whenever not inconsistent with the provisions of this Article, or whenever this Article is silent, the provisions of the Uniform Penalties, Interest, and Procedures Ordinance, Chapter 34, Article III, of the Cook County Code of Ordinances, shall apply to and supplement this Article.

 

Sec. 74-675. - Rulemaking; policies, procedures, rules, forms.

 

The department may promulgate policies, procedures, rules, definitions and forms to carry out the duties imposed by this Article as well as pertaining to the administration and enforcement of this Article.

 

Sec. 74-676. - Enforcement, department and sheriff.

 

The department is authorized to enforce this Article, and the Sheriff is authorized to assist the department in said enforcement.

 

Sec. 74-677. -Dedication of Funds

 

The revenue generated as the result of the collection and remittance of the tax on firearm ammunition set forth herein shall be directed to the Public Safety Fund to fund operations related to public safety.

 

                     

                     Effective date:  This ordinance shall be in effect immediately upon passage.

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